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List of Famous Physicists

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List of famous physicists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top physicists in the world? This includes the most prominent physicists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable physicists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic physicists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned physicists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known physicists to the lesser known physicists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the physicist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous physicists ever?" and "What are the names of famous physicists?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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